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Sand Crafts: DIY Activities for Beach Bound Families

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What to do with all that sand in your suit this summer I like the smell of the ocean, the sound of the waves, and the sun, but I could do without the sand. Just looking...

Graduates Going Greek :: About Rush and Recruitment

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They call it RECRUITMENT. You might know it as “Rush,” but it’s technical name is Recruitment. For those of you who have graduates heading off to colleges and universities, it may be something you’ve discussed...

Mommy Block: Being Productive Despite Distractions

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How to Get Past Diversions and Get Started Writer’s Block is SO real. Sometimes, to get through it, you just have to sit down and start writing, hoping something will pour out of the pen...

Predictably Unpredictable: Parenting a Three Ring Circus

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There are NO Surprises The other day, my neighbor was driving through the city when he observed an altercation between a man and three fast-food-chain employees (chain to remain anonymous). It was pretty bad, so...

Grief :: A Mourning Letter to Mothers

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The Loss of a Child When a child dies, it is not possible to tell his or her mother and father that you understand unless you have experienced that loss yourself. In one week’s time, two families...

Donation Stations: 8 Places to Take Purged Possessions

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What to Do After You KonMari After reading Jaime's KonMari article about Marie Kondo's book, The Life-Changing Method of Tidying Up, I got inspired to purge and make my house a joyful place to come home to. I bet...

Dear Girlfriends: When I Turn Inward

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A Letter of Thanks Dear Girlfriends, I’m sorry. I know I’ve pretty much disappeared over the past few months. I hate to say I’ve been busy or stressed or any of the excuses about being overwhelmed...

Free Range Parenting: What It Means to My Family

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Free range does not mean laid back. In the past three weeks, I’ve been told by multiple people that I am a laid-back parent. The thing is, I don’t feel like I am. My kids...

The New Mommy Makeover: Getting Ready with Random Rubbage

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Sprucing up with the contents of your minivan. You’ve just been for a long run, are sweaty, and haven’t washed your hair in three days when your phone alarm reminds you about that parent teacher conference...

The Glad Game: What It Is and How to Play

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The Glad Game In 1913, Eleanor Porter wrote a book about a girl named Pollyanna who sees the world in a positive way. When Pollyanna starts to feel low, she plays "the Glad Game" and...

Young Adult Literature: 10 Books to Read Before Your YA

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Young Adult Literature (YA lit) hit the big time with The Twilight Saga. You remember that one, right? Vampires became all the rage in 2008 with Stephenie Meyer’s lovelorn Bella and Edward pining for...

Girl Scout COOKIES: Nourishing Girls to Become Leaders

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Disclosure :: This post is sponsored by the Girl Scouts Louisiana East (GSLE). That said, the author of this post is a proud local Girl Scout mom and all opinions are our own.  Girl Scout...

Birth Control: A Lifeboat Named Planned Pregnancy

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Birth control. Always a hot topic. Who uses what and why. What works well for some and not for others. The Pill, the Sponge, Mirena IUDs, implants, shots, tubal ligation, vasectomies. Scientists have given us...

News and Neighbors: What the National Media is NOT Covering

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Louisiana is under water and there is no news. I toggled between CNN and Fox News Tuesday morning for three hours. Normally, I wouldn’t have the news on for that long, but I was waiting...